Richard Newton


Richard “Dick” Thomas Newton, age 84, a man of faith, family and community was welcomed into his heavenly home on November 21, 2016.

Dick is survived by Wilma, his loving wife of 60 years. Also surviving are sons, Rich (Barb) and Steve (Lisa) Newton of Columbus; daughter, Laura (Mark) O’Shaughnessy of Fort Wayne; brothers, John (Paula) Newton and Phillip (Jane) Newton. Dick is also survived by his nine loving grandchildren.

Dick was born October 3, 1932, in Shelbyville, Indiana, to L.E. and Mildred Newton. He was raised in Moorefield, West Virginia, and returned to Edinburgh, Indiana, during his high school years. A proud graduate of Edinburgh High School, Dick continued his education at Hanover College and graduated with Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Class of 1956.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

In 1957, Dick opened his dental office on Central Avenue in Columbus where he practiced for 45 years before passing it on to his son, Dr. Richard T. Newton II. Dr. Newton always considered his patients as family and marveled many of them with a keen recollection of names and memories throughout the years.

Please join Dick’s family in a celebration of his life service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus with Dr. Felipe Martinez officiating. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday in the Laws Rooms at the First Presbyterian Church.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or First Presbyterian Church Preschool.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Newton family at

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.